The moral outrage over our hypersexualized "porn" culture
What is your first impression when viewing this picture? I'm sure many men and some women are probably sexually aroused. And the media is replete with such images of sexy young girls. Oh the horror!! Girls going to strip clubs, pole dancing, wearing Playboy bunny tight shirts and..........are watching porn!!!! Young women are being duped by this male driven sexual identity that forces women to dress slutty on Halloween and thus the term Slutoween. Want to know more? Then read this article:
Setting aside my snide sarcasm, I do concede that there are many elements of our sexy culture that are probably unhealthy for young girls and children in particular. If I had a 10 year old daughter, I likely would not want her to parade around in a thong and wear a t-shirt that says "future porn star". But like burgers and fries, alcohol and violent TV shows, a sexually free society is bound to have adverse effects. Is there a way to deal with such harms without violating freedom of speech or thought?
The picture of the busty sexy girl above with the provocative t-shirt is none other than co-founder of RRS, Kelly O'Connor. Yes an intelligent atheist made the choice of wearing a boob enhancing shirt with a statement that would make any anti-porn crusader cringe. I say it now. I defend Kelly O'Connor's fundamental right to freedom of expression. Now there is the distinct possibility that this image may make an impression on the mind of an immature teenage girl and influence her attire. And alcohol causes drunk driving and burgers cause coronary thrombosis.
Is there a solution to this cultural dilemma? Isn't it inherent in knowledge that Kelly and other women of similar attire are intellectuals? The only thing wrong with the sexy raunch culture in my mind is that it is hijacked by morons who wallow in a culture of mediocrity. If a young teen were to rather emulate the sexy intellectual women rather than Paris Hilton, would that not be liberation?
Rather than return to the burka, shouldn't the solution to the problems with a sexy culture be a better sexy culture ie. A culture wherein intellect is not divorced from sexual desire? With proper sex education, sexy intelligent women role models and without the repression of religion, wouldn't teens more likely attain the maturity to become immune to any adverse consequences of the so called raunch culture?